Schools Celebrate Black History Month Wide Range of Programs, Events and Learning Held Throughout District
is Black History Month, a time to celebrate African Americans’
heritage and their many contributions to our nation and our world.
District-wide, schools are hosting unique programs, events and
activities to help students of all ages participate in the month-long
In this edition, we’ll highlight just some of the
action from our early childhood and elementary schools. Next week, look
for more highlights from our secondary schools.
As a part of
their non-fiction studies, students in Wyandot’s first grades wrote
about a famous African American, then presented to their class about
what they had learned. Their presentation included both information
about the person and why he or she is an important historical figure.
Adena Elementary, second grade students completed research reports on
famous Americans, culminating in a “wax museum” in which students
dress as their subject and present their findings to parents and other
Students at Cherokee Elementary took a different
approach, focusing on the “long journey to freedom.” For a month, the
students read about and complete research on key African American
leaders. According to second grade teacher Sheila Grammer, the reading
ties together to illustrate a timeline about the long journey to
To help special needs students comprehend the concept
of diversity, Erin Tierney’s class at Cherokee Elementary studied the
life and impact of Martin Luther King, Jr., then made fruit pizza,
showing “how individually each fruit is good and yet together they are
Students at Endeavor Elementary read several
books, both nonfiction and historical fiction genres, comparing and
contrasting books. The children discovered that it’s important to read
more than one book on the same topic to learn as much as possible.
Students also completed Venn Diagrams comparing the lives of two famous
African Americans - Harriet Tubman and Henry “Box” Brown.
Heritage and Independence schools focused on communication for their
recognition of Black History Month. Sabrina Snyder, counselor at
Freedom, created videos for students and staff to watch during their
“Movie Clip Monday.” Using the character education program as a basis,
the videos focused on African Americans who exhibited each character
trait. Heritage students shared daily facts on morning announcements,
along with adaily “Who am I?” contest. In addition, the school’s
Student Council sponsored a door decorating contest for classrooms. And,
at Independence, each morning announcement featured a famous African
American inventor, scientist, or journalist.
held a contest for all students in grades 2-6, with students submitting
either an essay or an art form. For the younger grades, the choice of
topics was “What My Generation Can Do To Fulfill Dr. King’s Dream” or
“People should be treated equally because…” while fifth and sixth
graders could complete their submission on “Why is Diversity Important?”
or “Is there a African American hero (past or present) who inspires
At VanGorden, fifth and sixth grade students were treated
to a play about George Washington Carver by the Children’s Theater of
Cincinnati. Students learned that Mr. Carver was a scientist,
botanist, loved music, and was the inventor of many discoveries –
peanut butter being #1 with the students!
also focused on the arts, with students in Cathy Dorff’s art class
performing an authentic dance on the morning announcements, complete
with student-made Dashiki shirts using Adinkra stamps. Social studies
lessons centered on Black History Month and students in the Multiple
Disabilities class learned about Ruby Bridges, complete with their own
“Ruby look alike.”